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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-96-147
Date: October 1997

Development of Human Factors Guidelines for Advanced Traveler Information Systems and Commerical Vehicle Operations: Components of the Intelligent Transportation Systems: Designs Alternatives for In-Vehicle Information Displays




Subject Name ____________________________

Sub ID _______ Age _______ Gender ____ (1=M, 2=F)

Note to Experimenter: DO NOT read the following "Purpose" to subjects.

Purpose: Before a subject can be selected to participate in Task K/Experiment 4, he or she must have an active driver's license, drive at least twice per week, and not be prone to motion sickness.


  1. Do you have an active driver's license? Yes (1) No (2)

  2. How many times per week do you drive in Seattle or the surrounding areas?
    < 1X (1) 1X (2) 2-3X (3) 4 + (4)

  3. How often do you experience motion sickness when driving?
    Never (1) Sometimes (2)* Often (3)**

*Experimenter: if subject answers "sometimes" to experiencing motion sickness, ask them further questions to try and assess if this is likely to be a problem in the simulator. If so, go to **!

** Experimenter: if the subject answers "often" to experiencing motion sickness, inform them of the following:

One potential risk with any simulator study is the possibility of "simulator sickness." Simulator sickness is similar to the motion sickness that some experience when traveling in a vehicle. Because you often experience motion sickness, there might be a chance of you experiencing motion sickness from our simulator. We don't want this to happen, so unfortunately you won't be able to participate in this study. We do, however, greatly appreciate your time and interest, and if you like, we can put you on our list for other experiments. That way, if we have a need for subjects at any time in the future, we will contact you.


  1. All subjects MUST have an active driver's license.

  2. Subjects must drive at least two times/week.

  3. Subjects must not experience motion sickness "often."



Note to Experimenter: DO NOT read the following "Purpose" to subjects.

Purpose: In this section, the questions we ask will give us an idea of the subject's background and use of certain kinds of devices. For some questions you will need to fill in a number or word. For other questions, you can answer by placing an "X" in the box that applies to the subject.

1. Age: _____

2. Number of years as a licensed driver: _____

3. Number of years driving in Seattle: _____

4. Number of years lived in Seattle: _____

5. Community of residence: ________________________ Zip Code_____________
(i.e., Greenlake, First Hill, University district, etc.)

6. Gender: Male (1) Female (2)

7. Marital status: ______ [single (1), married (2), other (3)]

8. Number of family members in household (including yourself): _____

9. Do you own your own automobile? Yes (1) No (2)

For the vehicle you most frequently drive, what is its:

9a. Make

9b. Model

9c. Year

10. What is the average number of miles you drive annually?

  • less than 5,000 (1)
  • 5,000 – 9,999 (2)
  • 10,000 – 19,999 (3)
  • 20,000 – 39,999 (4)
  • 40,000 – 69,999 (5)
  • 70,000 – 99,999 (6)
  • more than 100,000 (7)

11. For each of the following trip types, please estimate the number of trips per week you make by driving your automobile (round trip).

11a. _____ commute to work

11b. _____ shopping trips & errands

11c. _____ social visits

11d. _____ recreation

12. How many times per year do you drive your car in an unfamiliar town? _____

13. Which of the following features does the vehicle you most frequently use have?

13a. air bags Yes (1) No (2)

13b. anti-lock brakes (ABS) Yes (1) No (2)

13c. cassette player Yes (1) No (2)

13d. cellular phone/radio phone Yes (1) No (2)

13e. cruise control Yes (1) No (2)

13f. electronic dashboard displays Yes (1) No (2)

13g. garage door opener Yes (1) No (2)

13h. power brakes Yes (1) No (2)

13i. power steering Yes (1) No (2)

13j. power windows and door locks Yes (1) No (2)

13k. radar detector Yes (1) No (2)

Experimenter: For each of the following devices, indicate if the subject owns the device by marking an "X" in the "OWN" column. Then indicate if they use the device by marking an "X" in the "USE" column. For the devices they use, indicate how frequently they use each device by entering a number in the "FREQUENCY OF USE" column (e.g., once a month, three times a week).


(per week)
Automatic teller machine (ATM) card 14) 15) 16)
Video cassette recorder (VCR) 17) 18) 19)
Hand-held calculator 20) 21) 22)
Cordless phone 23) 24) 25)
Microwave oven 26) 27) 28)
Personal computer      
DOS 29) 30) 31)
Windows 32) 33) 34)
Macintosh 35) 36) 37)
Computer bulletin boards / e-mail N/A 38) 39)
Telephone answering machine / voice messaging 40) 41) 42)

43) For this question, I'm going to read a sentence and I would like you to decide how much it applies to you on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being "does not apply" and 100 being "strongly applies":

"I feel comfortable using new technology (for example, programming my VCR, using special functions on my telephone answering machine, or working with computers)."


A scale from zero to one hundred



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